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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 06, 2019, 10:23:15 AM »
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Wages advanced 3.1% from a year earlier.   

And COL est. rise was 2.8%.

Which means we continue to have wages such that many workers cannot afford a home, some have to live in a relative's basement, some in a camper, some in the back of a car, or commute from a cheaper small town two hours away.   The gap between wealth and poverty continues to grow.   Massive student debt traps many.   Elected officials loyal to rich corporate donors and billionaires continue to erode the power of unions.   New innovation-based industries that could help clean up our air, water, and soil continue to be suppressed by a corrupt political structure that thinks it's 1954.   Schools cut back on extracurriculars and electives that help a well rounded education (music, science and math clubs, drama, chorus, classics, etc.) because taxation is painted as evil and hey I got mine fuck the kids.   Congratulations on your tax break.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 06, 2019, 09:52:52 AM »
As Tom Lehrer noted, the resistance tends to have the best songs.  Thanks, Banks.


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 06, 2019, 09:50:06 AM »
I am having fun watching you guys have your fun, in any way you can dream up.

It's tough being on the other side of the party in power.  Some handle it a bit better than others.

heh


I enjoy watching you jerk off with your inflatable Trump doll while you pretend that political critique is some sort of amusing syndrome which you don't actually have to directly answer.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 05, 2019, 09:39:45 PM »
Law professors do educate.  Putting scare-quotes around educate doesn't really make a cogent argument against their statements.  In fact, there is nothing substantive in the entire post.   Just another IFI, releasing its bowel gas.
Seems as though Nancy is much more astute than you are.

BRRRAAAPPPPP.   Good God I'm going to be able to heat my garage off this guy.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 05, 2019, 06:20:06 PM »
Law professors do educate.  Putting scare-quotes around educate doesn't really make a cogent argument against their statements.  In fact, there is nothing substantive in the entire post.   Just another IFI, releasing its bowel gas.   

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 05, 2019, 12:54:35 PM »
Oh, and in case anyone wants to try the "the globe actually cooled from 1940 to 1970," let me just nip that in the bud.  When industrial countries were pumping out sulfur dioxide in huge amounts, the steady rise in temps did stop for a while, because sulfur compounds in the air create a cooling haze.  That's why major volcanic events are often followed by a cooler than normal year, as sulfur compounds shot into the stratosphere have a temporary cooling effect until they are precipitated out of the air.  Around 1970, several environmental agencies in major industrial countries (in response to the damages from acid rain, caused by S02 in the air), banned the high-sulfur fuels and required stack controls, which greatly reduced SO2 output.  As a result, S02 rapidly dropped, and the Keeling curve quickly reasserted itself and temps began rising again.  And no, bringing back acid rain would not be a good solution to GW.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 05, 2019, 12:46:44 PM »
So every country in the world understands and believes in climate change.  Almost every credible scientist is convinced as well.
LOL! That’s a good one.

Hello.  The debate ended some time ago.  Sea levels started to rise, glaciers receded, Antarctic ice sheet shrank, Greenland ditto, Northwest Passage opening up, Alaska pack ice vanished in summer, ocean pH rose, coral reefs bleached and died, inland temps rose 1.5 to 2 degrees F. with a 1.0 F. rise overall, severity of tropical cyclones rising, permafrost melting, etc.  It's happening now, you incredible fucking imbecile.  There's no more "let's see if these climate models are actually correct...." because even models going back to Svante Arrhenius around 1900, projecting rapid global warming, have proven roughly correct.  The only debate is how fast, and what positive feedback loops ("tipping points" in popular parlance) will kick in.  You IFI.  Take your pseudoscience conspiracy theories and stick them up your ass. 


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 05, 2019, 09:57:55 AM »
favorite headline at apnews.com this morning...

  North Korea threatens to resume calling Trump ‘dotard’ 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 05, 2019, 09:46:39 AM »

• The Earth is heated by the flux of energy it receives from the Sun, and cools down by emitting infrared radiation to space.

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Simple really, no degree from Harvard needed for this one either.

Sunlight heats ground.   Heat, longwave radiation, then radiates back to space.  A pure nitrogen and oxygen atmosphere would let all that IR radiation pass through.  Some molecules, however, like nitrogen oxide, methane, and CO2, absorb longwave photons and increase their rate of vibration.   This increase in kinetic energy is called "heat"  -- those molecules are thus retaining energy that would otherwise escape into space.  As these molecules are singularly good at trapping heat, they cause a rise in near-surface temperatures when their concentrations go up.   Basic physics and chemistry.  High school students do basic experiments, like Tyndall's 1859 experiment that easily demonstrate this effect.   

The last 150 years of science have advanced our knowledge of how this works, as well as proved other principles on which you daily assert your unquestioning faith when you step aboard a jet, take a pill, drive a car, flip on your tv, log onto the Net, etc.   Why then does this basic 19th century science pose such a problem?

Because people are lying to you, by misrepresenting science and its findings.

You incredible fucking imbecile.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 04, 2019, 04:15:52 PM »
I mean, Booker wanted to get some visibility, but he's never been all that much of a contender - mayors rarely get far when they go direct to running for POTUS.  I doubt even Bloomberg, though his city is nearly nation-sized in people, and though he's got billions, will get that far.  I like that Cory said he was big on affordable housing and had some cool ideas for it, but pretty much anyone who's been a mayor rubs up against the affordable housing issue in a close and personal way, so that's just a given.  Mayors are probably the real frontline when it comes to battling wrestling with developers and NIMBY snobs who have no interest in real affordable housing.  When it comes to housing, that old phrase "all politics is local," really resonates.

Booker has been a US Senator for a bit...

Oil, did you mean Castro or Buttigieg when you said "go direct"?  I know some people lump first term senators in the "too green to run" category, and that's how I took your point.   (I know, technically, Booker is sorta in his 1.2 term, due to a brief first term from a special election....)   In any case, we've had first term Senators move on up to the WH, JFK and Obama I think are the only ones.   I think Obama had the shortest actual service in the Senate before becoming potus. 

In any case, I think one can make a case that the mayors, like Castro and Pete, do need to scuff up their shoes a bit more.   Bloomberg might be a little more seasoned, but is problematic as a Democrat for other reasons. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 04, 2019, 11:58:14 AM »
Collins said Nadler ignored that the founders of the United States were “really, really concerned about political impeachment — because you just don’t like the guy.”




Yep.  Good opening.

Google "sophistry" sometime.  The old political trick of implying that any reasoned objection to a leader's job performance, ethics, and character is really just blind animus based on emotion -- it's a classic!  The thing is, once you understand that it's completely devoid of any logic or truth, then it no longer works on you.  An inoculation against such sophistry would do you a world of good.  Free your mind. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 04, 2019, 11:52:00 AM »
heh

Chick wants a free ride on her college expenses.

And the already wealthy want more tax cuts.

And corporations want to pay less in regulations.

And GOP donors give money to campaigns because they want (and receive) $400 Million border contracts.

But when black folk favor a candidate that would benefit them financially, that can be dismissed as invalid.

So you favor all college debt being forgiven?  Who the fuck do you think you are?

Who the fuck does he have to be?  I will take notes.  Don't want to show up for the quiz on Friday without knowing who the fuck I need to be to have opinions. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 04, 2019, 09:57:49 AM »
Watergate committee was career Senators, IIRC.  Howard Baker later ran for potus in 1980 and dropped out in the primaries.   

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 04, 2019, 09:55:36 AM »
Could be the reason she dropped out when she did.  So that she would be up for VP consideration. 


Heh

More likely my theory is right

Interesting that they had just announced Newsom was going to Iowa to campaign for her.  Then... plug pulled.

Is she still a VP hopeful?  Sure - anything is possible - and she sure wouldnt turn it down.

Could very well be though that either

a)  there were some shenanigans uncovered within the campaign

or

b)  Kamala was slapped silly by Dem leadership to get her butt where it belongs - as the ViPer in the upcoming Trump impeachment hearings.  Yeah - you can do both - but can you really...effectively?

Possible to see patterns in tea leaves, but I think Bo nailed it - she just wasn't ready for primetime and didn't have a well-oiled machine.   As a result of that, and some off-putting behavior in debates (my spouse didn't much like her for that), her donors dried up.   

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 04, 2019, 09:46:31 AM »
https://reut.rs/2sGJqgK?fbclid=IwAR34Wb799gyzxxM1J6tOxswtFQVo2OnVft6yULp7Sd0zunIfNyCAxExm1fk

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"(Reuters) - The U.S. solar industry warned on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s tariffs on imported panels will cost the United States 62,000 jobs and $19 billion (£14.81 billion) in investment, an estimate the White House dismissed as “fake news”.

"The industry’s top trade group, the U.S. Solar Industries Association (SEIA), said the lost investment equated to 10.5 gigawatts in missed solar energy installations, enough to power about 1.8 million homes..."

I follow the energy industry, so have known about this for a while.  Hope US media are giving this story, basically their "president" killing tens of thousands of jobs, some attention.  The working class members of the base really need to get woke and be aware of this kind of thing.   

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